Category Archives: Charitable Finances

Why I Don’t Have a Minute For the Man on the Street

On a recent trip to Seattle, I was amazed to find the downtown littered with fresh-faced young people holding binders and asking passerby for a minute to talk about one social issue or other. These, of course, are street fundraisers … Continue reading

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Taking Dan Pallotta a Step Further

Dan Pallotta says a lot of shocking things about charity. His message about our attitude towards the charitable sector flies in the face of a lot of accepted wisdom.¬†And yet – when you really think about it, it makes sense. … Continue reading

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Solving the Wrong Problem

Here in Edmonton, there’s a new tech startup trying to helping nonprofit organizations reduce their costs. I debated one of their founders on television last week. Across the country, legislators are working hard to adjust the tax structures and reporting … Continue reading

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Non Profit vs. For Profit (And Why I Don’t Care)

What’s the best tool for making change: non-profits, charity, traditional for profit business, social enterprise, what? This is one of the big questions in the world of social benefit these days. Here are three really interesting recent articles on the … Continue reading

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Follow Your Heart, But Take Your Head With You

I saw some folks promoting an event “for charity” last week on Twitter. I had to ask – which charity? Why that one? It led to quite a long conversation, eventually drawing in the event organizer. She was able to … Continue reading

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Money Makes the World Go ‘Round?

Over the past week, one of the biggest stories in the news and on social media is that of Karen, the bullied bus monitor. Karen is an elderly school bus monitor in New York state. A video was posted to … Continue reading

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Protect the Charity You Care About (Part 2)

The other day, I was driving along in my car, listening to the radio. The local station was having one of their periodic charity fundraising drives – same old, right? But then the DJ said something that made me prick … Continue reading

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Protect the Charity You Care About (Part 1)

I want to tell you about a big risk to the charities you support. I’ve seen it over and over again; good people with good intentions doing something that gets organizations they care about in serious trouble. Lots of people … Continue reading

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Mo Money Mo Disaster Problems?

Just over a week ago, a 6.0 earthquake hit Italy. The people over at SourceFed (a new YouTube site I enjoy greatly) covered it as part of their daily video rundown of current events. The SourceFed folks are, in a … Continue reading

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Before You Fundraise

One of the tasks charity volunteers are most often asked to do is fundraise. I’ve written before about why that is, but what about the consequences? Being asked to fundraise is actually a major request, in my opinion. You’re being … Continue reading

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